Supposed to be? According to who? AMD recommends you use AMD products with other AMD products. Surely you can see through this to the pure marketing at the core...
AMD launches Phenom and Spider with boards and video cards together this is all part of a package to promote their new platform, so why did just about everyone else do it on an Intel?. Sorry, but doesn't it seem like the most logical thing to do Run it the way it is suppose to be.
I thought the point of reviews was to challenge marketing like this and get to the facts instead of accepting it at face value and parroting it on to your readers.
Actually, this statement backs RR's Q6600 argument. Two years ago AMD was king, so people benched video cards on AMD cpus to cut bottlenecking to an absolute minimum (and in turn, show the true colors of the card). But AMD is not the king anymore, which is why most people bench video cards on Intel, because you get the least bottlenecking there.
Two years ago if I ran it on an Intel you would be asking why not AMD.
I know the QX9650 (or whatever that new $1000 one is) is expensive, but honestly I'd rather see a video card match-up on that chip than any other, because that's where the video cards truly compete with each other, and not bottlenecks. So what if a card will bottleneck on my system when it didn't on the one in the review? I'd still like to know which card is best.